Motus in the News

Learn more about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for migratory flying animals!

2018-12-22 - Rusty Blackbird detected in Connecicut makes it Connecicut Audubon #6 Bird of the Year. : Milford Mirror

Number six is the rusty blackbird that flew over Deer Pond Farm in Sherman at 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 8. Andersen said it was the first bird detected by the Connecticut Audubon Society’s new Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiver. These bird tracking efforts “might well revolutionize bird research,” Andersen said.

2018-11-30 - Widening of Motus network a reccommendation of Connecicut Audubon Migrating birds thrive in cities, Connecticut Audubon reports : New Haven Register

Milan Bull, senior director of science and conservation for Connecticut Audubon, said that traditional banding of migrating birds to identify their takeoff and landing places is giving way to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System , which uses “highly miniaturized radio transmitters” so small they can even be attached to butterflies.

2018-11-30 - Widening of Motus network a reccommendation of Connecicut Audubon : Milford Mirror

Report: “In Cities and Suburbs: A Fresh Look at How Birds Are Surviving in Connecticut.” The report’s recommendations include passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act to redirect federal funds to states for conservation work; expanding a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Program in which local partners maintain habitat in cities; and increasing the use of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System to help researchers follow when and where migratory birds travel.

2018-10-11 - Migration Revealed: Researchers unlock secrets to small migrating species : The Fredrick News-Post

A collaboration between local bird scientists might be the only situation during which building fences can actually bring people closer together. Known as the Northeast Motus Collaboration, the group of ornithologists is constructing “fence lines,” which are networks of communication towers designed to detect the unique digital fingerprints of nanotags attached to backs of songbirds, bats and pollinators. Nanotags are the future of bird tracking and are already lifting the veil on the least-understood migrations.

2018-10-11 - Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags : Southern Maryland News Net

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Willistown Conservation Trust, Pennsylvania Game Commission and neighboring states, received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to dramatically expand a revolutionary new migration tracking system across a five-state area.

2018-10-10 - Trackers so small they can fit on a monarch butterfly : Press & Sun-Bulletin

Talk about fascinating technology … This is where I tell you about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. It’s a surveillance system that tracks migrating animals with nanotags — radio transmitters so small they can be fitted to monarch butterflies.

2018-10-09 - WPBO Motus Tower Dedicated in Memory of Linda Jo Klemens : Michigan Audubon

When I was first approached by the Thunder Bay Audubon Society’s board about offering a donation in memory of their devoted, long-time president, Linda Jo Klemens, the first idea they brought to the table was a memorial gift that would go towards the cost of a Snowy Owl transmitter. However, the cost for one transmitter alone made this path a limiting one. As we continued to explore options, I was aware of the pressing need for funding something very tangible and long-term that would have a direct impact on bird conservation and research: a Motus tower at WPBO. The idea of sponsoring the purchase of a transmitter for a Snowy Owl in Linda’s memory was wonderful and this research is undoubtedly important, but the possibility of moving an on-loan Motus tower from our spring owl banders’ home in Paradise, Mich., to the base of our owl banding operations at the Owl’s Roost at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory seemed a very fitting and long-lasting memorial for a person who was so invested and committed to birds.

2018-10-04 - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Provides Grant To Track Bird Species Of Greatest Concern In Mid-Atlantic Region : Cision PR Newswire

A research collaboration led by the Willistown Conservation Trust, in partnership with several state agencies and nonprofits, received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to dramatically expand a new migration tracking system across a five-state area.

2018-09-29 - Project seeks to track endangered species; more added to threatened list : Sun-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will lead a team to further expand the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in five states for monitoring eight migratory species. The Pennsylvania species being targeted by this fieldwork are Swainson’s thrush, wood thrush, blackpoll warblers, Canada warblers, rusty blackbirds, American woodcock and northern long-eared bats. Other priority species, such as New England’s Bicknell’s thrush, also are targeted by this research.

2018-09-27 - Tiny tags and a broad research network help track small animal movements : Mongabay

Despite great advances in radio-telemetry technology, tracking small animals still presents challenges due to the weight of tracking equipment. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System uses nano-tags as light as 0.2 grams to track even small birds and insects. Based on a collaborative deployment of automated telemetry receivers, Motus can track animals over a broad geographical region to help answer fundamental questions about animal movements, leading to insights that can help protect migratory species as they traverse the landscape.

2018-09-05 - Zoos and Aquariums Take Migratory Birds Under Their Wings : Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Migratory bird conservation is taking flight at zoos and aquariums, according to a new paper published in Zoo Biology. The study outlines the role that Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions are currently playing or could play in the conservation and management of native songbirds.

2018-08-30 - This new tower at Zoo Miami tracks birds from North to South America :

The Miami-Dade park recently installed a tower called the Motus Wildlife Tracking System which tracks the movement and behavior of birds, bats and flying insects via small digitally-encoded tags attached by researchers. The transmitters send out signals several times each minute.

2018-08-30 - Zoo Miami's Motus tower helps researchers track birds during migration : WPGL Local 10

As we approach the end of summer, we'll expect more flocks of birds from the north in the sky. Migratory season starts roughly in late August, but researchers say we are seeing less birds. The Motus tower will help tie South Florida to a global research network to study and continue learning about our friends in the sky.

2018-06-29 - Depletion of Ogallala Aquifer Affecting Region's Migratory Birds : Texas Tech Today

Graduate research assistant Kristen Heath is tracking the Snowy Plover as availability of fresh water is reduced from lack of saline lakes.

2018-05-26 - New wildlife tracking tower unveiled : Bay Today

A new radio telemetry tower was unveiled Friday at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area. The new tower located at the top of the chairlift at Laurentian Ski Hill is tracking birds and other winged creatures as part of an international monitoring network. The North Bay tower is a collaboration between the Nipissing Naturalists, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and Bird Studies Canada.

2018-05-25 - North Bay now on global map for wildlife tracking : The Nugget

A radio telemetry tower unveiled Friday at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area is tracking birds and other winged creatures as part of an international monitoring network. The installation of the tower is a project of the Nipissing Naturalists, North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and Bird Studies Canada.

2018-05-21 - While you sleep, scientists will use a space telescope to spy on migrating birds : Popular Science

A look at how advancing technology is allowing scientists to gain new information on bird movements including ICARUS, Motus, spectrograms, and geolocators.

2018-05-17 - Nanotag studies help biologists learn more about coastal Cheniers : StMaryNow

Samantha Collins of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is using Motus in part to help determine the importance of chenier habitats as key stopover locations of Swainson's Thrush and Northern Water Thrush.

2018-04-22 - Birds packing high-tech gear help scientists understand the migratory mysteries and dangerous life of the red knot : The Globe and Mail

From Arctic breeding grounds to the farthest tip of South America, this bird has one of the longest voyages in the animal kingdom. Now, decline of habitat and a key food source on the trip are making the endangered species’ travels even more hazardous. Canadian-U.S. researchers are going along for the virtual ride to learn how to help.

2018-04-01 - This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration : Audubon

After bouncing back from near extinction, the Kirtland's Warbler is helping scientists understand the outsize role of winter habitat for migratory birds.

2018-03-04 - New technology tracks bird migrations : Finger Lakes Times

This past fall DEC installed a Motus Wildlife Tracking Tower at Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area to monitor bird migration through this critical migration corridor and stopover site.

2018-03-03 - Parry Sound Nature Club learns about incredible scientific program :

The Parry Sound Nature Club gathered at the West Parry Sound District Museum to hear guest speaker Stuart Mackenzie, the migration program manager at Bird Studies Canada, explaining the Motus Wildlife Tracking System being used to study migratory animals, birds, and insects.

2018-02-15 - Tracking birds in flight over the Philadelphia skies : PennCurrent

A Motus monitoring station soon to be installed on the roof of David Rittenhouse Labs will help researchers better understand urban bird migration.

2018-01-26 - Offshore Mission Collecting Data on Wind Turbines : ecoRI News

Migratory sea birds, with tiny transmitters glued to their backs, are flying missions that will determine the collision risk between them and offshore wind turbines and show how they react to these structures.

2018-01-01 - Tracking Migratory Birds in Eastern Georgian Bay : LandScript

This past spring, the Georgian Bay Land Trust joined a fast- growing scientific research network for which our widely spaced coastal holdings are perfectly suited and situated.

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